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  • Harwich Bridles -- on sale -- are they really that nice?

    Hey guys.
    I saw these bridles mentioned in the wellfleet thread.

    I opened the link and was really freaked out by the price.

    For basically 85 bucks. Fancy stitch/padded/reins.

    I have a Bobby's fancy stitch that is not spectacular but I'm fine with the quality and it's very pretty and soft. -- from the sounds of the reviews, this bridle is much better quality than my Bobby's.

    I need a few new bridles. Is it worth the risk for me to go ahead and buy 2 or 3 of them?

    I'm a big fan of the crown pressure equalizer.


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    Love it!

    I purchased one around Christmas time and LOVE it. Its really soft and supple as is, but got a lot better as I cleaned it and used it. I primarily use it as a show bridle. The only downfall I had with it is my horses head is longer than average and the noseband doesn't have a lot of room and they don't sell the bridle parts, though hoping they will soon so I can use a Cobb. But I do have a 17H big bodied TB.

    Definitely recommend though and they look beautiful on as well! Good Luck!
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      #3
      Originally posted by cswoodlandfairy View Post
      I purchased one around Christmas time and LOVE it. Its really soft and supple as is, but got a lot better as I cleaned it and used it. I primarily use it as a show bridle. The only downfall I had with it is my horses head is longer than average and the noseband doesn't have a lot of room and they don't sell the bridle parts, though hoping they will soon so I can use a Cobb. But I do have a 17H big bodied TB.

      Definitely recommend though and they look beautiful on as well! Good Luck!
      So my next question is for sizing.
      Are they true to size or do they run a lil large?

      Right now I have two QHs that are 15.2h but have normal sized heads (e.g. I had to buy XL Gardian Fly Masks for both).

      I was going to get a Cobb for my kiddo that's not born yet. Hey, at $85 it's worth the money to buy now and store until the kid needs it.
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      • #4
        I have one and it is very nice. I bought it for a new horse, thinking I would save up for a nicer one for him later on, and I'm now thinking that may not be necessary!

        I am impressed with the quality of the leather and workmanship of the whole piece. (I did substitute a set of reins I like, so I guess I can't comment on the reins that come with it. Nothing wrong with them, I just had another pair I wanted to use.)

        I have had it since December and use it several times a week. It is holding up very well so far and still looks great. I don't think there is a better bridle out there for the price.
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        • #5
          I guess it all depends on the horse. The headstall fits him perfectly with plenty of room to spare, I just experienced with the nosebands, I got the figure 8 as well, were smaller for him and I needed to punch extra holds to accommodate his face.
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          • #6
            I have one and people think I paid much more for it than I did. The fancy stitching looks great, and nothing about it screams "budget bridle".

            The sizing seems fairly normal to me. For $85, it would be hard to go wrong in picking up a few.

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            • #7
              These are beautiful bridles. I have the Wellfleet for showing and two Harwich's all stunning and everyone comments on how beautiful they are. Bear in mind it is tricky to put a brass plaque on them on the top of the crown because of the design but I have managed. Even even the low end Plymouth line is quite decent looking.

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              • #8
                Um, yes! I broke down and ordered another one last night. I already have one in full, but it's on the big size for my mare, so I ordered a cob. I've never dealt with truly high-end tack, but IMO the Harwich bridle is REALLY nice for the money.

                As far as sizing, the mare's head is on the small size. Her Bobby's full sized bridle is adjusted about as small as it can go. I asked SmartPak yesterday and the cheeks on the cob Harwich are 8.5" and the noseband crown is 33".
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                • #9
                  Bought one as an "everyday" extra. At that price, I couldn't pass! Free shipping code too, LOVE Smartpak!
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                  • #10
                    Here's the free shipping code: FFT51

                    FWIW, when I use free shipping codes, they never show up as working when I submit the order, but later when I check orders/tracking the free shipping shows up.
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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by sarcam02 View Post
                      These are beautiful bridles. I have the Wellfleet for showing and two Harwich's all stunning and everyone comments on how beautiful they are. Bear in mind it is tricky to put a brass plaque on them on the top of the crown because of the design but I have managed. Even even the low end Plymouth line is quite decent looking.
                      I have two (a fancy stitch and a flash) and I have been extremely pleased with the quality, especially for the money. I agree that it is annoying that you can't put a name plate on the crown - but I think the crown design is really comfortable for the horse.

                      I think they run pretty true to size - although the flash seems to have a little bigger nose band than the fancy stitched.

                      I too planned to buy a nicer bridle for showing, but the fancy stitch is nice enough that I haven't felt the need to get a "show bridle" yet.
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                      • #12
                        I have one also and love the bridle. It came out of the box soft and supple but has only gotten more so with use and cleaning. Oiled up a beautiful dark brown. Didn't know they were on sale, so thanks for enabling... I think I'll go pick up another one or two
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                          #13
                          just bought 2.

                          thanks for the free shipping code!
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                          • #14
                            I am a tack snob. Can't wait to try this and render judgment!
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                            • #15
                              I have the plain harwich bridle, my paint has enough markings on her face that I don't need to draw more attention through padding and fancy stitching. I love it, the leather is soft and supple and the bridle fits well. I got the horse size, which fits perfectly.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by vxf111 View Post
                                I am a tack snob. Can't wait to try this and render judgment!
                                They are bizarrely nice for the money. They do seem to require a little extra conditioning, the leather has an ever so slight dry look to it, but the feel of the leather is really superb for the price. They look nicer than a lot of mid-range bridles. The sizing seems pretty standard.

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                                • #17
                                  My geldings head is rather, ummmmm, "large and clunky", to put it politely. I bought the padded Harwich hoping that the wider noseband would help out his head a little bit. I ended up not liking the appearance so much but LOVE the bridle so I bought a cheaper Plymouth for show only and use the Harwich for everyday schooling for both him and his brother. They both have big heads (very wide in the cheeks and nose circumference) and the bridle fits great, lots of room in the caveson and right in the middle hole for both horses on the cheekpieces so there's room to adjust for any size head. I was worried about the color because my gelding is black so I prefer darker colors on him but it oiled up great and it's very soft and easy to adjust when necessary.
                                  It's not about the color of the ribbon but the quality of the ride. Having said that, I'd like the blue one please!

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                                  • #18
                                    sigh, certainly didn't *need* another bridle, but i'm going ahead and ordering anyway! thanks for the free shipping code, i can now justify additional cost of having my mom ship it to me in sweden!
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                                    • #19
                                      I bought one in February of 2010 and I've been really happy with it. I think they run a bit larger. My TB gelding is 16.1 and is on the top or close to it on most of the adjustments. The leather quality is very good for the price and the fancy stitching is well done. My only real complaint is that the keepers on the noseband are fixed, so we have a lot of flapping leather.

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                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by akhunterrider View Post
                                        I bought one in February of 2010 and I've been really happy with it. I think they run a bit larger. My TB gelding is 16.1 and is on the top or close to it on most of the adjustments. The leather quality is very good for the price and the fancy stitching is well done. My only real complaint is that the keepers on the noseband are fixed, so we have a lot of flapping leather.
                                        I trimmed the excess noseband strap.

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